Facing declining sales, Coca-Cola donated $1.5 million last year to start an organization to promote exercise as a salve for obesity-related diseases.
Just because you’re thin, though, doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Research shows that being “skinny fat” ups your risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes and shortens your lifespan.
Helping children develop healthy eating habits now is the key, the experts say, because the dire consequences are coming fast.
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times As they reached adulthood, female mice who were exposed in utero and just after birth to the pesticide DDT showed metabolic changes that put them at greater risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, a new study says. The metabolic abnormalities seen in the exposed female mice were dramatically […]
By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times Seems that most of us take to heart the common admonition to clean our plates, at least when we fill them ourselves. Adults eat nearly 92 percent of the food they put on their plates, according to research published in the International Journal of Obesity. There were some variations: […]
By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times New government data suggest a nonmedical cause of America’s childhood obesity crisis: denial. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 percent of obese boys and 36 percent of obese girls think their weight is “about right.” Among kids and teens who were merely overweight, 81 percent […]
By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A new study suggests that under-exercising, rather than overeating, may be at the heart of America’s obesity epidemic. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine report a strong correlation between the rise in obesity and a striking drop in the amount of time Americans spend exercising […]
Washington (AFP) – Michelle Obama lashed out in a newspaper opinion piece Thursday against Republican plans to roll back recently improved nutrition standards in American schools, one of her cherished causes as U.S. first lady. Obama wrote in the New York Times that revamped school nutrition standards requiring less salt, sugar and fat in meals […]
By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Overweight adolescents are indifferent about the weight of their friends, but not so the thin peers, who are more likely to choose friends whose weight status is like their own, researchers looking at teenagers’ social networks say. The role of obesity in friendships among young people […]
By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times Are the millions of dollars spent to try to reverse childhood obesity a good investment? One answer might be found in the cost if the condition goes unchecked: about $19,000 per obese child in lifetime medical costs, researchers reported Monday. That’s $14 billion just for the obese 10-year-olds in […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Bariatric surgery did more to improve symptoms of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol after three years than intensive treatment with drugs alone, according to new results from a closely watched clinical trial involving patients who were overweight or obese. Study participants who had gastric bypass surgery or sleeve […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Americans are still carrying too much weight, but a new federal study offers a glimmer of hope amongst the nation’s smallest eaters: Between 2003 and 2012, obesity among children between 2 and 5 years of age has declined from 14 percent to 8 percent — a 43 percent decrease in […]
London (AFP) – Health experts launched a drive on Thursday to cut sugar levels in food in an effort to tackle obesity and diabetes. The Action on Sugar campaign aims to make the public more aware about the impact of sugar on health, particularly among children, who it says are often targeted by industry. It […]
London (AFP) – The number of obese and overweight people in the developing world nearly quadrupled to almost a billion between 1980 and 2008, a think-tank report said on Friday. There are now far more obese or overweight adults in the developing world than in richer countries, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said. The London-based […]